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Testing

Any other teacher or parents get tired of all the testing we have for the students? Three times a year the students take Discovery (math and reading) and Achieve (math and reading). Then there is state testing at the end of the year not to mention the weekly tests and the STAR math, STAR Reading and SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory) that is done about once a month.

I know that it is great for the students to see their improvements throughout the year but all this testing is exhausting!!!

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Where does the customs of Halloween come from?

I did a little research to answer this question and found it to be interesting. Many times we accept traditions without knowing or caring to know how and why they started.

Origins of Halloween

It is believed that Halloween originated with a Celtic festival called Samhain celebrated on October 31st. This was a festival where the people would dress up in costumes to ward off evil spirits.

The Celts believed that on October 31st the spirits of the dead returned to earth. They also believed that aside from damaging crops and causing problems, the spirits, or ghosts, help the Druids make predictions about the future (also know as witch craft). The Celts would wear animal heads as part of their costumes and attempt to tell each others fortune.

The Romans added their traditions into this mix from two different festivals. One is a festival honoring the passing of the dead and another festival to the goddess of fruit and trees, introducing bobbing for apples as part of the October 31st celebrations.

Pope Boniface IV decided to honor all Christian martyrs, which was later expanded into including al

l saints by Pope Gregory III and moved from May to November 1st, which is now known as All Saints Day. All Saints Day was also called All-Hallows Day. This made the day before All-Hallows Eve, which is now commonly known as Halloween. The Catholic church also added November 2nd as All Souls day to honor the dead to replace the Celts Samhian festival.halloween

Halloween slowly came to American (Mostly to the south-east due to heavy Protestant beliefs in the north-east) and mixed with Native American cultures. A more distinct tradition began to form. These traditions were celebrations of harvest that included ghost stories, music, dancing, fortune-telling and mischief-making.

The increase of immigration due to the potato famine in Ireland, helped nationalize Halloween.

Americans began dressing up and going door to door for food and money. Later, people wanted Halloween to be more about community and being neighborly than about witchcraft, ghosts and trouble making. Parents were pressing the newspapers to take out anything spooky and gory. This was when Halloween began losing its superstitions

Years ago, instead of handing out candy, people would put food and wine out to keep the ghosts of the dead happy. Mostly, Halloween today is celebrated as families walk from house to house to get treats. Kids dress up on a range of costumes from angels to monsters, from funny to scary and anything else in between.

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How much to you think American’s spend each year on candy for Halloween? Do you participate in either trick-or-treating or handing out candy? Do you know the origins of jack-o-lanterns?

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Drawing Lines

I wanted to put a question to you all but first allow me to set the stage.

A fellow teacher and I were talking after school earlier this week and he was telling me about his daughter, who is in high school, being assigned a book to read on incest and rape. Apparently, this book goes in to graphic detail. I was appalled that this was allowed. He continued on saying that the teacher told his wife that she doesn’t have any say about this.

Where do you draw the line? What about “alternative lifestyle awareness”? Should this be promoted in public school? What should be parent responsibility and what should be school’s responsibility?

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Test answers 10-7-13

Today my students and I spent pretty much all day in the computer lab taking a test on math and reading that took most of the day.  When I was grading the open ended responses, I had to laugh at some of the answers and plus share some of them with you! To keep the “integrity” of the test, I did change things around a little  🙂

Question: Compare 8.47 and 8.4

Answer #1:  8.47<8.4 8.4 is greater because the lower number is better. The higher the number the lost.

Answer #2: they are equal because you could just take away the 8 because you rounded it so it is equal

Answer #3 You cone compare it and it will be alot. like you can put eight and eight and fourty seven and four then you get the answer write or you can add it some more with it then it will be a big number

Answer #4  8.47 is because the more number behind the dot the shorter it is

Question: Bill runs 10.8 meters per second. Could he run 50 meters in 5 seconds?

Answer #1 No because thats fast but when he grows he will change speed limit

Answer #2 Bill try to run at the rate for 50 meters and 5 seconds. Bill try to be the home of 10.8 to 50 meter for 5 seconds

Answer #3 No because meters are quit short or long thats unless he is fast and good at running

Answer #4 No because Bill is going to get very tired before he even gets to the end of 5 seconds

Answer #5 I don’t no if Bill is going to run the 50 meter dash in 5 seconds he probley needs to practice alot

I know the answers are misspelled but I thought it would be funnier to leave it like they students wrote it. I do hope you have had a good laugh. They lightened up my day!

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Monday Rant 10-7-13

I think I tend to be oversensitive or people just need to watch their vocal tone. We had our weekly team meeting and I just feel like every time we have these meetings that people just pick apart what I do. I don’t tell them how to run their class and question every thing they do but its ok for them to do this to me. Furthermore, why do they get all the “new technology” and not have to share….

My district, in their infinite wisdom, decided we need to test twice a quarter plus all the other tests we do throughout the year AND the weekly tests the students have to take. The student spend more time testing then they do learning. We need an overhaul on education.

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Famous Native Americans

10-5-13

So this past week I was attempting to have a discussion with my student about famous Native Americans. I asked them if they knew the names of any famous Native Americans. My students started calling out names like George Washington, Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King Jr. The only thing I could do was laugh and prod their minds to point them in right direction 🙂

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